Happy Christmas

Once again we celebrated Christmas with a Nativity performance by the pupils in the Reception, Years 1 & 2 and a junior school Carol Concert in Holy Trinity Church. It was lovely to see so many of you at these events, saying how much you all enjoyed them. The staff and pupils enjoy practising for these occasions. The collection at the service raised £236.27 for church funds, which Reverend Karen Burnett-Hall on behalf of Holy Trinity Church would like to offer her sincerest thanks. £280.49 was collected for EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices) when the choir sang carols at Wade Wright Court (sheltered housing in Downham Market) and to the shoppers outside Tesco and Parkers (Opticians) in Downham Market. The Harvest Festival this term also raised £397.11 for EACH. The Santa Fun Run, which was a sponsored event, has raised over £1420 already, with still more to come! Therefore, in January, we shall be able to present a cheque for over £2100 to EACH – a tremendous achievement. Throughout the year we also held different fund-raising activities for charity. One day in November we wore PJ’s and Onesies and gave over £200 to Children in Need.

This year has been another busy one. In the summer, we held a street party for the children to celebrate VE day. It was also the theme for our school show this year, our Picnic in the Park, and many friends and family came to watch and join in the singing. We had military vehicles on display, and RAF Marham arranged a fly-past! So many parents said this was such a successful and enjoyable show, that we shall be organising something similar for next summer – watch this space!

Our school sports teams have had many successes this year, in Rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, rounders and cross-country.

Several classes have enjoyed workshops at the Arts Centre in King’s Lynn. Other classes have been on trips to Norwich Castle (Medieval Maths), Norwich Playhouse, Spymission, the Poppy Line, the Green Britain Centre, Gressenhall, the SHARP dig and the Pantomime at King’s Lynn.

The children enjoyed an exciting Science Week and a Book week, including 2 visiting authors.

Years 5 & 6 enjoyed their residential trip to Hautbois, experiencing exciting and challenging activities.

Our Year 6 pupils were, once again, successful in gaining places at their chosen Senior schools, with several obtaining scholarships.

Several pupils from classes 3, 4, 5, & 6 have been enjoying their weekly ASC club (Adventure Service Challenge). They partake in a variety of different activities both inside and outside school. They have also been raising money, and have now raised enough to sponsor a Guide dog for the Disabled.

During the year, parents give their help and support in so many different ways, making a very valuable contribution to the successful running of the school. Many of you give up your time on a regular basis to come into school and listen to individual children read, and others come to the swimming pool and help the younger children get dried and dressed. 

The Friends of the school continue to organise and run many fun events for both children and parents. This year’s Bonfire Night party was a great success, with many parents saying the fireworks were the best we’ve ever had. The Friends also supply refreshments at our home sporting fixtures against other schools, Sports Day, School Show, Carol Service, etc.

We have had great fun working together and at the same time raising funds to buy extra-curricular resources for the children. These include a set of iPads, new gazebos and special visitors into school, such as the “Animal Experience” and Fen’s Falconry Display (for classes R – 6), and the “Cool Science” sound and light experience for classes 1 – 6. Our sincere thanks go to you all for your kind remarks, letters of thanks, help and support.

On behalf of myself, my family and all of the staff, I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2016.

Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe